Biker Dad: Veterans come home, end up homeless: how you can help - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Biker Dad: Veterans come home, end up homeless: how you can help

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MILLINGTON, TN (WMC) - Veterans are a huge part of the biker community, especially in the Mid-South. Many experienced loss, tough times, combat, PTSD, and come through it all to live their lives and ride with us. But for too many, that's just not the case. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 49,933 veterans are homeless on any given night. 

Just think about bike night on Beale. We are confronted with the issue each and every Wednesday. The homeless, many who ask for help and say they are veterans, walk up and down the street on bike night asking for food or money.

On the first bike night this year I was approached by at least three men who said they were homeless vets. I was wary about giving them money. But when one of the men said he just wanted something to eat. I bought him a burrito and a coke.Was he actually a vet? I can't be sure. I didn't ask for proof. I just bought him a bite to eat, hopped on my bike, and drove to my home where I had plenty of food and a clean place to sleep.

There are ways to help veterans dealing with homelessness, and you don't have to worry that it's above board.

The US Military Vets Motorcycle Club is holding a fund raiser Saturday at the Walmart in Millington from noon to 6 p.m. They will collect non-perishable food items or anything else people would like to donate. Everything collected will go the Alpha Omega which is a homeless shelter for veterans.

More information on the US Military Vets MC: http://www.usmvtn.com/index.php?p=1_19

More information on Alpha Omega: http://www.alphaomegaveterans.org/

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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.

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